Georgia tailback Todd Gurley is out for the season after tearing ligaments in his left knee this weekend, possibly ending his college career in a rocky year that began with Heisman Trophy hopes.
The school announced Sunday that Gurley had a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Surgery will be scheduled for the star, suspended by the NCAA for four games earlier this season.
“Sad news,” coach Mark Richt said Sunday night.
Gurley was hurt in the final minutes of a 34-7 win over then-No. 9 Auburn on Saturday night. He ran for 138 yards and a touchdown, and helped the Bulldogs move up to ninth in the latest rankings.
Before the injury, Gurley passed Garrison Hearst for second place on Georgia’s career list with 3,285 yards rushing. Herschel Walker has the record with 5,259 yards from 1980-82.
There has been much speculation Gurley, a junior, plans to enter the NFL draft following this season.
Richt said he didn’t know if the injury would affect Gurley’s decision on the NFL draft.
OREGON STATE 35, NO. 7 ARIZONA STATE 27: In Corvallis, Ore., Sean Mannion’s 66-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter gave Oregon State the lead and Michael Doctor’s 35-yard interception return for a score with 1:38 left sealed the Beavers’ 35-27 win over No. 7 Arizona State late Saturday night.
Mannion threw for 251 yards and two touchdowns for the Beavers (5-5, 2-5 Pac-12), who snapped a four-game losing streak.
Mannion hit Jordan Villamin with a 66-yard scoring pass with 10:55 left to put the Beavers up 28-27 after trailing 24-14 at the half.
The Sun Devils (8-2, 5-1 Pac-12), who are ranked No. 6 in the College Football Playoff rankings, snapped a five-game winning streak. The loss to the slumping Beavers hurt Arizona State’s shot at a second straight berth in the Pac-12 championship game.
Villamin had four catches for 127 yards, while Terron Ward ran for 148 yards and an early touchdown for the Beavers.